Clark’s Crown Jewel

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Sunday, August 3, 2014


WHILE elite families and members of the Greater Manila cosmopolitan society are excited about the proposed Green City at Clark, Pampanga residents and high spending families in Central Luzon are eagerly anticipating the completion of the international-branded Midori Hotel.

Domestic tourists were glad to know that construction is in full blast at the 111-room Midori, which Taiwanese owners aspired to make it the crown jewel at the former US military air base.

News updates on the development work at the 5-star hotel have been kept on low profile but Dr. Frankie Villanueva’s “Business Hour” TV program scored a scoop in a dialogue with Dr. Irineo “Bong Alvaro, CEO of Eagle Sky Technologies who also heads the management group for Midori.

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The Midori aims to create a distinct brand in the international hotel industry, according to Dr. Bong. “Each room is a haven of luxurious lodging, and the food and entertainment are superlative. We dream of making its coming theme park compete with Disneyland.”

The all-weather water theme park is central attraction to the l32-hectare resort site. It has an eight-year timeline in its full development. The hotel is scheduled to be operational in May 2015.

What sets Midori’s concept apart from existing establishments is that it has bigger main dining room; a commodious cafe al fresco, with a sweeping ballroom for large receptions and conferences. The gaming room is adjacent the wine-and-cigar bar. An architectural marvel is a running pool that connects the main building to its wings.

Dr. Alvaro holds a well rounded distinguished service in local government administration, legislative work, and in academe. As he has strong bias for ecology he insisted that the hotel to be the first establishment at Clark to have a waste water treatment plant.

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Leading residents, including professionals and business owners in Porac and migrants to Metro Manila advised Board Member Michael Tapang to start a comprehensive study on the Hacienda Dolores problem.

Tapang who is senior municipal councillor of Porac is perceived by the concerned residents as the man “likely to get elected as mayor,” said barangay kagawad Ben Dimalanta.

The residents wanted Tapang to do a Solomon on the hacienda land dispute between its settlers whose families had been tilling farm lots for two generations and the new owners of the estate.

Tapang is the lone advocate for land use policies and reclassification since 2010 during the piggery pollution crisis.

The future Porac mayor assured Manila residents of his hometown that he has begun to study the hacienda dispute by looking into conflicting or inconsistent provisions of various national laws pertaining to land use that led to confusion and tension, which were often violent.

The concerned businessmen and professionals told Tapang, who heads the Pampanga Councillors League, to prepare himself to lead future development work in Porac. “The inevitable influx of investors in the town, especially at Hacienda Dolores after a final resolution of the farmers’ petitions and appeals must be anticipated,” the board member was advised.

The PCL president has been commended by barangay leaders for his practical and effective input to help sustain Gov. Pineda’s position in the hacienda dispute. She urged the protagonists to dialogue with reason; cease provocative acts, and give the rule of law a chance instead of passion and violence.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 04, 2014.

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